30 Easter Celebration Ideas, Songs & Poems

30 Easter Celebration Ideas, Songs & Poems

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Easter stands as a pillar of the Christian faith, embodying hope and renewal. Its timeless significance resonates, especially during times of adversity.
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Easter stands as a pillar of the Christian faith, embodying hope and renewal. Its timeless significance resonates, especially during times of adversity.

Easter is the perfect time to offer comfort and hope to residents, staff and families.

Here are some fun ways to make Easter extra special.

14 Easter Celebration Ideas

  1. Decorate the recreation area with large colored pictures of easter eggs, bunnies, chicks, bilbies, and white lilies.!
  2. Facilitate an Easter Prayer Reflection at a convenient time. 
  3. Search your local city for a Drive-in Easter Church Service and take some residents to attend.
  4. Facilitate online services as an option for frail residents.
  5. In your newsletter, ask relatives to share an Easter treat from their countries.
  6. Watch the movie Jesus Christ, Superstar.
  7. An Easter-themed raffle is a great way to kick-start your fundraising.
  8. If children are attending: Host an Easter Egg Hunt outdoors.
  9. Offer beverages and special treats to turn it into a lavish Easter Tea party.
  10. Have residents/staff/relatives read out Easter poems (see below).
  11. Hold a session to make and decorate Easter Bonnets with chick, and bunnies.
  12. Buy or make Easter Lilys and give one to each guest to take home.
  13. Have an Easter Singalong (list of possible songs below). 
  14. Find an enthusiast photographer to take photos of families to place online and send families a link to download them.

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12 Hymns & Spiritual Songs for Easter

Hymns to sing

Find out residents’ favorite hymns to play on Easter. Here are a few beautiful ones to share: 

How Great Thou Art - Alan Jackson - 4 minutes

Abide with Me - King’s College Choir, Cambridge - 3 minutes

Worship Hymns to listen to

Live Easter Concert - Tabernacle Choir: “He is Risen” - 60 minutes

10 Gregorian Chants for Easter - 30 minutes

The Exsultet - 9 minutes

Handel’s Hallelujah - 4 minutes

The Lord’s Prayer - Andrea Bocelli - 4 minutes

Spiritual popular Songs for Singalong

Failing a professional accompaniment on the piano or guitar, look for your favorite version online and sing together.

My Sweet Lord  - Billy Preston - 5 minutes

Amazing Grace  - Peter Hollens - 3 minutes

I Don’t Know How to Love Him - Helen Reddy - 3 minutes

Only Time - Enya - 4 minutes

Everything’s Alright - Helen Ready - 3 minutes -

5 Easter Poems to Share

By A.E. Housman

If in the Syrian garden, ages slain,
You sleep, and know not you are dead in vain,
Nor even in dreams behold how dark and bright
Ascends in smoke and fire by day and night
The hate you died to quench and could but fan,
Sleep well and see no morning, son of man
But is, the grave rent and stone rolled by,
At the right hand so remember yet
Your tears, your agony and bloody sweat
Your cross and passion and the life you gavle,
Bow hither out of heaven and see and save.

By R. harvey

Ridiculed and mocked, nailed to a cross.
Each of his followers mourning his loss.

Set down from on high, placed in a cave.
Unmovable stone in front of his grave.

Roman soldiers guarded the solemn room,
Rejecting attempts to enter the tomb.

Entrance sealed so no one could steal
Christ's body, which had a great appeal.

Then on the third day, Mary could not believe
Inside the cave - no body to grieve.

On Sunday he was seen, it was said.
Now God had raised His son from the dead.

Easter Joy
By Joanna Fuchs

Jesus came to earth,
To show us how to l ive,
How to put others first,
How to love and how to give.

Then He set about His work,
That God sent Him to do;
He took our punishment on HImself;
He made us clean and new

He could have saved Himself,
Calling angels from above,
But He chose to pay our price for sin;
He paid it out of love

Our Lord died on Good Friday,
But the cross did not destroy
His resurrection on Easter morn
That fills our heart with joy

Now we know our earthly death,
Like His is just a rest
We’ll be forever with Him,
In heaven, where life is best

So, we live our lives for Jesus,
Think of HIm in all we do
Thank you Savior; Thank you Lord
Help us love like You.

On Easter Day
By Oscar Wilde

The silver trumpets rang across the Dome
The people knelt upon the ground with awe:
And borne upon the necks of men I saw,
Like some great God, the Holy Lord of Rome
Priest-like, he wore a rove more white than foam,
And, king-like, swathed himself in royal red,
Three crowns of gold rose high upon his head:
In splendor and in light the Pope passed home
My heart stole back across wide wastes of years
To One who wandered by a lonely sea,
And sought in vain for any place of rest:
‘Foxes have holes, and every bird its nest, I, only I, must wander wearily,
And bruise my feet, and drink wine salt with tears.

By Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the rune without the words
And never stops at all...

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little lBird
That kept so many warm...

I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb of me...

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Mary Anne Duncan 14th Apr 2022
I love your posts and you offer such great ideas!
Thank you Happy Easter!
Talita 15th Apr 2022
Thank you so much for your feedback Mary Anne!
Michele 5th Apr 2022 Activities Co Ordinator
Looking forward to using some exciting new ideas in my activity programme…. Thanks Golden Carers
Talita 10th Apr 2022
Thanks for your feedback Michele!
Susan 8th Apr 2021 Activity Director
Susan 8th Apr 2021 Activity Director
Susan 8th Apr 2021 Activity Director
Hi Shelley
Thank you for this information
Susan 8th Apr 2021 Activity Director
Hi Linda
Thank you for this information
Linda 7th Apr 2021 Virtual Programer
Hi Pendar,
I was the director of a social day program for 8-1/2 years (although with the company for 11-1/2). When we closed last March due to the pandemic I couldn't stand watching my clients decline at such a quick pace. I went on Zoom and found out how to make get togethers work for my clients. I did this a few times and finally threw in a quiz one time...Magic...I have been running one hour classes ever since. I run six per week. 3 afternoon and 3 evenings. It is wonderful to see folks respond to what I offer. We do 15 minutes of varied exercise. quizzes, I then offer a Power Point Presentation with anywhere up to 75 slides and walk the thru with descriptions and background. We listen to music, have sing a longs, dress up for holidays and laugh a lot...We have gone skydiving, on a cruise, touring Victorian homes, visited zoos, studied animals, birds, galaxies and on and on. I so enjoy interacting with folks online....
Let me know what you have in mind....and we can see if we can make this work.
All the best,
Linda O'Donnell
Shelley 7th Apr 2021 Recreation
Everyday is a new day with a new set of challenges. I look forward to the day when we can do more! Sometimes I feel so isolated and our folks feel the same way.
Shelley 7th Apr 2021 Recreation
Hi Pendar,

I am sorry I do not have any resources you are looking for. You may try and call your area health provider to see if they offer virtual resources (exercise, medication list help, how to keep tripping hazards out of the home, diabetic eating etc) I have used our local health unit for the above presentations in the past. I wish you luck! have a great day!
Susan 2nd Apr 2021 Activity Director
Hi Pendar
If you don’t hear from Shelley
Then ask the Golden Carers Facebook group
Lisa 1st Apr 2021 Care Giver For Seniors
Happy Easter God bless you all
Using this websites seeing the joy and love in someone s else’s eyes making a difference in there life’s using ideas etc from this wonder site
Talita 4th Apr 2021
Oh Lisa thank you so much for your feedback, that means so much to us!
Susan 30th Mar 2021 Activity Director
Hi Shelley
You have a great day as well
I am sure you are doing a fantastic job
Thank you for all you do
Shelley 30th Mar 2021 Recreation
Have a great day! You are all doing a fantastic job!
Pendar 1st Apr 2021 Recreation Specialist
Hi Shelley,

I am working in an Adult Day Program in Ontario and would like to get connected with several third parties that are capable to conduct one-hour virtual/in-person workshops for a group of independent seniors.

Please let me know if you have any recommendations.

Thank you
Pendar(Recreation Specialist)
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